31st July 2019
A cyclist from Grimsby is taking on a solo 2000-mile coast-to-coast challenge to help raise funds for two charities.
Chris Skelhorn, 52, aims to pedal his way across England, Wales and Scotland over the course of a year to help raise funds for Turn to Starboard and Not Home Alone – a charity in Lincolnshire supporting senior citizens, some of them veterans, who live on their own.
The former Royal Navy weapons mechanic started the challenge in January and recently put his fitness to the test by riding 150 miles across England from Cumbria to Yorkshire in a staggering 10 hours and 44 minutes.
He has also completed three other endurance bike rides so far covering an additional 567 miles.
Chris started cycling just two and a half years ago and decided to complete his charity challenge to lose weight and “to help give something back”.
In September, he will saddle up for a 220-mile coast to coast bike ride from Carnoustie to Applecross in Scotland, before pedalling his way 182 miles across Wales from Caernarfon Castle to Chepstow Castle later in the year.
Chris said: “I joined Audax UK late last year which is a long distance cycling club. So far this year I have cycled more than 3250 miles which I don’t think is bad for a late starter. I first met the guys from Turn to Starboard a couple of years ago at the London Boat Show and whilst out cycling decided to try to support the important work they do by fundraising. ”
You can support the challenge by visiting Chris’s fundraising page here.